This week, Beyoncé not only announced a new album, but went ahead a released it, as well. Her latest surprise release, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, was a collaboration with her husband, recorded as The Carters.
At this point, I would be more surprised if Beyoncé were to release an album on a more standard roll-out schedule, i.e. announce an album, release a few singles and perhaps videos, go on tour, then release the album. Her previous two records, Beyoncé and Lemonade, were also surprise releases.
This latest seems to serve as an end to a trilogy for the Carters, one that began with Lemonade and continued with Jay-Z's 4:44. Each record has referenced the couple's relationship. The record was released last Saturday, along with a video for the single "APESHIT".
Also announced last week:
Bermuda Triangle - “Till the End of Days” (out now)
Buddy - Harlan & Alonda (July 20)
DJ Muggs - Assassination Day (June 29)
DJ Shadow - Live in Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour (July 13)
Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone (August 10)
Foxing - Nearer My God (August 10)
Freddie Gibbs - Freddie (out now)
KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (August 31)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same Reissue (September 7)
Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough (August 31)
Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound (August 31)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen (September 28)
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (September 7)
Purling Hiss - “Out Tonight” (out now)
Restorations - LP5000 (September 28)
Saintseneca - Pillar of Na (August 19)
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolve (August 3)
Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters (July 27)